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Maine primary winner could become youngest openly LGBT state lawmaker

MATT INGOGLIA | Gay Politics | Friday, June 13, 2014
Ryan Fecteau
Ryan Fecteau emerged victorious in the Democratic primary for Maine's 11th House district on Tuesday, a development that could make him the youngest serving openly LGBT state lawmaker. Fecteau, 21, led opponent David Flood by a 493 to 263 vote margin with 100% of precincts reporting.

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Long Beach, Calif., elects city’s first openly gay, Latino mayor

MATT INGOGLIA | GayPolitics.com | Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Robert Garcia
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Residents of Long Beach, Calif., on Tuesday elected Robert Garcia their next mayor, making him the city's first openly gay and Latino chief executive. Garcia will replace Mayor Bob Foster, who has held the position since 2006 when he takes office on July 15th.

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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

JEFF SPITKO | GayPolitics.com | Friday, October 25, 2013
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The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year.

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LGBT city council candidates score historic wins in NYC election

MATT INGOGLIA | Gay Politics | Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Carlos Menchaca
New Yorkers across the city voted to send a record number of LGBT candidates to the city council, electing three incumbents and three newcomers in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

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Gay man chosen to lead Washington state Senate

| Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ed Murray
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- State Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) will become just the second openly LGBT person to lead a state senate chamber after his Democratic colleagues on Tuesday night chose him as majority leader of the Washington State Senate.

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West Virginia elects first openly gay state legislator

| Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Stephen Skinner
Stephen Skinner tonight has become the first openly gay candidate to win election to the West Virginia state legislature.

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Tammy Baldwin to become first openly-LGBT U.S. Senator

| Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Tammy Baldwin
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has become the first openly LGBT candidate to win election to the U.S. Senate.

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New York sends openly gay candidate to U.S. Congress

| Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sean Patrick Maloney
Sean Patrick Maloney has become the second openly gay non-incumbent to win election to Congress tonight.  He beat Rep. Nan Hayworth, a Republican who is serving in her first term in the House.

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Mark Pocan will be next openly-LGBT member of Congress

| Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Mark Pocan
Democratic Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan will succeed Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. House of Representatives, marking the first time an openly LGBT member of Congress will be followed by another in the same Congressional District. [caption id="attachment_67197" align="alignright" width="300"] Mark Pocan[/caption] Pocan easily...

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Victory in Florida: From no LGBT legislators to two or more

| Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Joe Saunders
Joe Saunders is expected to win his race for the Florida House of Representatives tonight, joining David Richardson, who won a decisive primary for another State House seat in August.

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